Book Launch: Can democracy safeguard the future?

In this online event, Graham Smith will present his new book in conversation with Amanda Machin and Rikki Dean, chaired by Sonia Bussu.

Our democracies repeatedly fail to safeguard the future. From pensions to pandemics, health and social care through to climate, biodiversity and emerging technologies, democracies have been unable to deliver robust policies for the long term.

In this book, Graham Smith, a leading scholar of democratic theory and practice, asks why. Exploring the drivers of the short-termism that dominate contemporary politics, he considers ways of reshaping legislatures and constitutions and proposes strengthening independent offices whose overarching goals do not change at every election. More radically, Smith argues that forms of participatory and deliberative politics offer the most effective democratic response to the current political myopia as well as a powerful means of protecting the interests of generations to come.

The event will take place on Zoom on Friday 5th March 2020 at 3pm UK time – to attend register here.

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